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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Oklahoma City Bombing Memories of Yesterday


 I wrote this post yesterday but I forgot to publish it. I compiled a list of all the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing wanted to print it here so you may look at these names and never forget that these innocent people were going about their daily business when their lives were taken away in such a horrific way. Fifteen years later I still have trouble comprehending it. But the copyright said I could not reprint the list so I will just write my post. Initially when this tragedy occurred I was watching a doll show on HSN. My son Nick was a little tyke and he was taking his nap so I was enjoying all the lovely dolls when my phone rang. It was my dear friend Sharon and she asked what I was doing. In my cheerful voice I told her! Then she hit me with this bad news. I went around for a couple of years feeling so guilty as if I had known about it sooner I could have done something to stop it! Then I realized that God is in control. He is always in control and He says that He will never give us anymore then we can handle. This tragedy struck me so personally because I know so many personal stories. Heather lost her sister-in-law. Vickie lost her cousin, my niece lost her college roommate. These victims were everyday people, I know because I saw those families here in Denver during the duration of the trial at our own federal building.  I felt so personally attached for those families and I prayed. I still pray, I never stop praying. I know the devil hates it, because the second my feet hit the floor he knows I am going to talk to God and there is absolutely nothing he can do to stop me! When he gets in my path, and lately he is looking for a head on collision with me, I shoo him away by shooting out "Jesus Christ is My Lord and Savior. Get behind me Satan."  I just wanted to take a moment to tell you never stop praying for these families. The loss of life, including the children is absolutely surreal. I keep thinking we will all wake up and everything will be ok. I am so sorry that that post did not get put up yesterday . Tink came home after a journey of five days wandering the neighborhood. Nick had a flu bug and I had him on my mind. My workplace was chaotic and busy. Excuses. I have many but I am truly sorry and I hope you will read this post and remember these incredible lives that were cut too short.
The Armor of God
 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Final Greetings
 21Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. 22I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.  23Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. Ephesians 6:10-24


3 comments:

debbie said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL POST. I HAD SO WANTED TO COME TO DENVER...I WOULD LOVE TO BE A HUMANITARIAN JOURNALIST....TO TELL THE STORY OTHERS CANNOT.
MY AUNT HAS A STEP SISTER NAMED SHARON AND SHE LOST HER HUSBAND IN THE BOMBING.
MANY THANKS TO THE CITY OF DENVER FOR HOLDING A TRIAL, THAT AT THE TIME THEY DIDN'T KNOW IF SOMEONE WOULD TAKE REVENGE.
IT IS A SAD DAY WHEN THERE ARE AMERICANS WHO BECOME TERRORISTS ON AMERICAN SOIL BECAUSE THEY WANT SOMEONE, ANYONE TO PAY FOR THEIR CAUSE.
THIS IS PHARAPHASING BUT I THINK ABOUT THE SCRIPTURE WHEN YOU SEE WAR, HEAR RUMORS OF WAR, EARTHQUAKES AND..., LOOK UP FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.
IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO GET TO KNOW YOU.
HUGS AND BLESSINGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

chasity said...

thank you for this reminder and for the reminding strength of God and His Word. We have to constantly remind ourselves that this life is temporary and something better awaits us if we are faithful to Him.

Blessings to you~
Chasity

Chatty Crone said...

Thank you for remembering and for reminding us about it. It was a horrible thing for our country.

sandie